Cheryl Denz speaks about women farming in Maine

Community Happenings
Rockland Public Library
80 Union Street, Rockland, ME
Camden Conference
Jan 30, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Cheryl Denz

Join Cheryl Denz, local farmer and owner of the Terra Optima Farm and the Terra Optima Market in Rockland, for a lively conversation about her experiences as a woman actively farming in Maine.

Cheryl’s talk will take place on Thursday, January 30, 6:30--8:00 pm at the Rockland Public Library, and is free and open to all.


In recent years there has been an increase in Maine in the number of women in farming. And it may come as a surprise that as of 2007, 37% of all farm operators in the state were women. That is way ahead of the national average of 15 according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Cheryl Denz has been a farmer for over 15 years and owns a diversified livestock operation that it is well known for its woodland raised pigs, broiler and egg laying chickens, turkeys and Jersey cows. She'll share her observations and stories about her life on the farm and why it’s important to engage and encourage young people to consider agriculture as a career option.


"I have a keen interest in educating on this subject to get young people into the business of farming. I will do anything I can to encourage that. What I see happening is that our farming population here in Maine is aging and we don't have enough young people. I think it's important for people my age to become mentors to younger people," she says.


The Terra Optima farm is committed to the humane treatment and health of its animals, which Denz believes translates into a better food product for the consumer. The Terra Optima Market offers its customers as many local farm products as possible throughout the year.


Co-sponsored by the Rockland Public Library, this event is offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 27th Annual Camden Conference: The Global Politics of Food and Water, February 21-23, 2014.


The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world affairs through year-round community events, public and student engagement, and an annual weekend conference. For more information,, email, or call 207-236-1034.